Just after retiring in 2013, Pierre Henry Gaugey, the owner of Maison Louis Jadot came calling to his former winemaker of four decades. Despite years at the helm of one of the most influential wine operations in the world, was he up for an even bigger challenge? Move halfway around the world, start a winery from scratch, and attempt to make the best wines of his already storied career. Having previously been to Oregon and enjoyed its beauty, he reluctantly agreed.
In his first vintage in Oregon, Jacques Lardiere didn’t have a winery. Nor a tasting room. No way to sell his wine. It wouldn’t matter. In a 2013 vintage that most of the valley found too challenging, Jacques Lardière produced an absolute juggernaut. Wine Enthusiast declared it a cellar selection, gave it 94 points and wrote that Jacques “didn’t disappoint” with “a magical combination of finesse, silkiness and strident youth”. It sold out on pre-order alone and just like that, a next big Jadot project had been solidified.
Now in his eight year in Oregon, Jacques’ Resonance project is one of Oregon’s most talked about in the valley. Armed with a brand new state of the art winemaking facility and a breath-taking tasting room, Jacques hasn’t let up – having churned out nearly a dozen 94+ rated wines in just a handful of vintages. This one is no exception. In fact, it’s his highest decorated Pinot to date in Oregon.
95 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. 94 more from Wine Spectator who decided at the end of this year and after nearly 20,000 wines tasted that the 2021 Resonance Pinot Noir from Jacques & company was worthy of the #9 spot in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2023.
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95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2021 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley features bright cranberry, raspberry, orange peel, aniseed and lavender on the nose. The medium-bodied palate already feels complete, offering a balance of grainy tannins, mouthwatering acidity and generous, perfumed fruit. As it spends time in the glass it gains amplitude as it continues to unfold its concentrated flavors, and its juiciness calls you back to take another sip.
(#9 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2023) 94 Points, Wine Spectator
Precise and elegantly structured, with detailed raspberry, savory tea and crushed stone accents that gather richness and tension toward refined tannins.
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